Let’s Shave Bob Roll’s Head + Tour of California Liveblog: Stage 2

02.16.2009 | 12:08 pm

Hey, let’s kick today’s post off with an awesome piece of news.

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If we raise $5000 on Bob Roll’s LiveStrong Challenge page by the end of the Tour of California, Bob will shave his head.

Click here to donate, or read on for details.

Here’s How It Happened
I talked to Chuck Ibis (Scot Nicol of Ibis, the guy who made it possible for us to give away the Silk Carbon SL last year) a couple of days ago and told him that Bob Roll needs to shave his head — get rid of that fluff on top.

“Give him a reason to,” said Chuck.

So I said, “How about this. We’ll set him up a LiveStrong Challenge page (on Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting for Susan of course). If we raise $5,000 on his page before the end of the Tour of California, Bob shaves his head.

Scot ran the idea by Bob. Bob didn’t bat an eye. He’s in.

So, yes, as of right now, Bob Roll is a member of Team Fatty (which, I’d like to point out, is currently the top fundraising team in all four event cities).

Let’s get to $5,000 today, so we can get that head shaved ASAP.

Bonus: Scot is looking into the possibility of having Bob (and maybe Phil and Paul) mentioning this challenge on the air. And if we see Bob — cleanshaven — doing one of his interviews, well, that’s worth a donation right there, right?

Click here to go donate right now.

200902162152.jpgLate Night Update

Some pretty exciting stuff has happened since I originally posted this, so I thought I’d give you an update.

  • As of 11:55pm ET, we’ve raised $2183. We’re almost halfway there!
  • A number of people have linked to this post via Twitter, including Lance and Doug Ulman, CEO of LiveStrong. Very, very cool. I guess I’m not the only one who likes the idea of Bob shaving his head.
  • BikeRadar has a story up about this, too. Thanks, BikeRadar!

You should know that Scot is talking with folks about Bob (and others?) doing something on-screen if we can make this happen. He’s also talking about there being some not-for-sale, can’t-get-it-no-matter-how-bad-you-want-it prizes to be awarded to random contributors. Scot’s sworn me to secrecy until he gets things firmed up, but you’ll have to trust me that it’s worth donating a few bucks.

And not just because you’ll have the pleasure of knowing that part of why Bob’s head is shaved is because of you.

And Now, The Tour of California LiveBlog: Stage 2, Sausalito – Santa Cruz

10:29 Infomercial for Humana. I wonder how much it costs to buy an infomercial. I want an informercial.

10:31 While Phil and Paul recap, I’d like to call attention to something Paula in Boston pointed out. If you take a look at this CyclingNews photo of Mancebo crossing the finish line yesterday, you can quite clearly see that the word “DEAD” is written across his crotch.

Paula wants to know, “Why does Mancebo have the word “DEAD” written against his crotch?”

The answer, Paula, can be found on Rock Racing’s new home page. It proclaims “ROCKS NOT DEAD.” Which makes me wonder why they think that rocks were ever alive.

Regardless, when a rider wears a jacket, the “ROCKS NOT” gets covered up, and the entirely different message — that Mancebo’s crotch is dead — is revealed.

10:38 I’m so pleased that we jumped straight into the racing today.

10:39 Commenter Hat wants to know, whether Bob Roll will shave just the fin or the whole head. All I’m asking for at this time is the fin up top. Once we get to $5000, perhaps we can set a new goal, in exchange for which he shaves his whole head.

10:41 I’ve got to say, it’s pretty awesome to see guys racing across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kind of fitting that it’s rainy and foggy.

10:47 I just got off the phone with Chuck, and he’s got some great prizes in mind for people who donate. Stuff that can’t be bought anywhere and that any cyclist would kill for. And no, it’s not donated by Amgen.

I’ll reveal what the prizes are as soon as Chuck’s got things finalized. For now, I will just say that you definitely will want to donate to Bob’s page.

10:50 Rabobank rider is off the front. Impossible to tell who, courtesy of rain on camera lenses.

10:55: Yay, ads.

10:55 So if I understand right, there’s a group about 1:30 off the front. Let me be a crazy, wild-eyed conspiracy theorist for a second and predict that they’ll be caught toward the end of the stage and the sprinters will contest the finish line.

I know. Insane.

10:58 Annnd…ads.

11:01: First bonus coming up. 10 guys up front.

Annnd… Nierman gets the sprint.

Who is Nierman?

11:04: According to CyclingNews’ liveblog (because I am far, far too lazy to type the names myself), the guys up front are: Jason Mccartney (Team Saxo Bank), Steven Cozza, Thomas Peterson (Garmin – Slipstream), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), Stef Clement, Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Markus Zberg (BMC Racing Team), Cameron Evans (OUCH p/b Maxxis), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling), Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1).

11:06 Phil and Paul see this breakaway as having a good chance of making it. I dunno, though. Two longish (but easy) climbs coming up. Can they really ride at the same rate as each other for two big climbs.

11:09 The gap is up to 2:40.

11:11 Phil and Paul just went over the GC standings. I’m not a big fan of the way the final 2 laps around town yesterday didn’t count, making it so that Leipheimer, Zabriskie, and Armstrong retain their standings.

11:12: Any chance there’ll be any sun at all during this tour?

11:13 Listening to Phil explain to Hummer how stage racing works. I have to say, Phil does a beautiful job. Phil and Paul are simply fun to listen to. Don’t know how they do it.

11:15: Ad time.

11:19 Lead group now out in front with 3 minutes.

11:21 Rock Racing is riding up front of the peloton. As the camera in front of them points back, you can see that they all have DEAD crotches.

11:22 Oh no, everyone’s picking up musettes. Armstrong had better watch out: you never know when one of those things might attack.

11:23 Paul’s talking about “racing capes.” He means jackets, right? Am I allowed to start calling my jackets “capes,” now?

Even better, am I allowed to wear an actual cape when I ride?

11:25 The lead group is now 3:30ish ahead of the peloton. And the peloton’s all like “OK, fine. Just go.”

11:26 And then the lead group is all like, “OK, we’re going.”

11:27 And so the peloton’s saying, “So, go then.”

11:28 And the chase group says, “OK, I’m gone.”

11:29 And then the ads say, “Hey, it’s our turn!”

11:30 Hat suggests, “Maybe that “dead” is some sort of odd sales pitch for Enzite.” Brilliant!

Do you suppose that guy who plays “Bob” in those commercials gets stopped on the street often, asked for his photograph doing that smile?

11:31 Craig Hummer hopes I’m enjoying the Vs coverage this Presidents’ day. Thanks, Craig. I am enjoying it.

11:32 The road actually looks dry. The riders have got to love that. How spooky would it be to ride at race pace with such a large group on wet slick roads for days on end.

11:34 The road the lead group is climbing totally looks like the roads I used to climb back in Washington. Big trees, lots of green everywhere. Man, sometimes I miss WA.

11:35 Roads are wet again. Lotsa leaves on the road. Those, I can promise you, are slick. If you hit one of those as you’re doing a standing climb, you can zzzzip your tires and down you go.

11:37 I believe Craig Hummer frequently starts his sentences without knowing how they’re going to end.

11:38 Either it’s really dark out or someone needs to reset his white balance.

11:41 Peloton’s starting to break up. Hamilton’s pulling hard, and riders are remembering that this nice kid can be as mean as hell when he’s riding.

11:45 So this climb is pretty mild — 1500 feet of climbing over 6 miles.

11:46 Craig’s looking at the waves and doing what he can to turn the conversation to surfing. Phil pats Craig on the head.

11:51 OK, back from a bathroom break. I know, TMI. What did I miss? Just another Enzyte commercial? OK.

11:52 Speaking of Enzyte commercials, those are definitely the most prevalant ads during this race. Question: why?

11:53 Weirdest Craig Hummer moment so far. He’s rambling, then says, “this reminds me of a song…” and then says nothing at all for about 15 seconds.

He then introduces a clip, where the audio doesn’t match the video and seems like a weird dub in.

Worse, the guy in the clip says, “When you’re a cancer survivor, every day’s a good day.” Which, besides being cliche, is simply not true.

11:56 Just checked Bob Roll’s Team Fatty LiveStrong page: he’s earned $215 so far. A great start!

11:58 Brandy points out that in addition to DEAD CROTCHES, Rock Racing has some very angry knickers. Check out the photo: http://tinyurl.com/bgknzk.

12:00 The VS comedian girl was just on, with her pretending to pick up on a racer as he rode on his rollers. The thing is, the audio and video were off, so it looked like the racer had the female comedian’s voice. It was peculiar, but still not funny. Keep trying, Vs comedian girl!

12:02 Vs has lost picture again — for the same reason the picture was gone for half of yesterday’s race.

12:03 Bob’s asking Jim Birrell about why they neutralized the circuits. It was for the safety of the riders, says Jim.

Hey, that’s what helmets are for, man.

12:04 In the absence of cameras being able to broadcast, we now see Paul, Phil, and Craig Hummer standing, talking, and desperately recapping.

Craig needs to iron his shirt

12:05 Congratulations to KanyonKris for hitting his LiveStrong Leg Shaving Challenge goal: $667. Check out his blog for hilarious photos.

12:08 Rain is predicted for pretty much the entire tour. I asked Chuck last night whether we can expect camera signal loss like this a lot. He sayd, “Yes.”

In other words, the announcers have considerable tap-dancing ahead of them for the next several days.

12:10 Just in case you’re tangentially interested in the race itself, (Vs not currently talking about what’s happening on the course), CyclingNews reports the peloton is 4:05 behind the lead group.

12:12 Johan’s Twitter feed has been strangely silent for the past hour. His last post is just that “There are no race favorites in the breakaway.” Meaning that as far as he’s concerned, they’re welcome to go on ahead?

12:15 Question: If Bob Roll were going to mispronounce “Tour of California” a la Tour DAY France, what would it sound like?

12:18 I am no longer announcing whenever it’s ad time, because they have successfully beat me down.

But yes, it’s ad time.

12:19 You know, I need to admit that I would probably do a terrible job of announcing when there’s nothing to announce. Probably worse than Hummer.

12:21 Roll interviews Armstrong. Between the LiveStrong helmet, LiveStrong jacket, LiveStrong glasses, and Mellow Johnny’s bike hat, it’s not especially easy to tell that Armstrong races for Astana. As in, there is no physical evidence of it on camera.

Not that I’m complaining.

12:25 Ads.

12:26 You know, I am ridiculously sick today. I am not certain that I am making any sense at all.

This set of ads is for hair growth, ITT-Tech, and snake-oil malware remedies. This must have been a really cheap ad block to buy.

12:28 We’ve hit $390 on the “Shave Bob Roll’s Head” challenge today. As a reminder, if we can hit $5000 before the end of the tour, Bob Roll will shave the fin off the top of his head. And there will be other cool prizes for folks who donate — stuff I can’t mention, but which you will definitely want.

12:30 Bob interviews Leipheimer. Leipheimer gives Horner credit for figuring out what to do in yesterday’s stage.

12:31 Dead air for 15 seconds. Everyone wracks their brains. There must be something to say!

12:33 Ads.

12:34 You know it’s too bad we can’t see anything right now, because from what I understand of where the race is right now — a wet downhill with a lot of debris on the road due to wind and rain — there are bound to be a buncha flats and near misses. It’s got to be pretty spooky.

12:36 And we have photos again!

Lead’s down to about 4:30. The lead group is still all together.

No way will the peloton let the lead stay that big, right?

12:38 Is there anyone out there who actually follows pro racing who has a good sense of who the likely winner would be from the lead group?

12:40 Have I really been liveblogging for more than two hours? I wonder if the management knows that I start getting my overtime rate after two hours of liveblogging.

12:42 I’m taking a little break to get Susan something to eat and help her come out into the family room where I’m watching this. Back in a few!

1:22 I’ve moved Susan to the family room, gotten her and me some lunch, and have taken an entire box of DayQuil. So now I’m back, ready for some more semi-coherent, brain-addled liveblogging.

1:23 So what did I miss?

Evidently not much. The same gang of 10 continues to lead.

1:24 Oh, this is choice. Phil just mentioned that ARMSTRONG HAS COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE and Vs of course interrupts with…an ad.

1:25 Now we’re back, and nobody is talking any longer about Armstrong’s crash. Uh, this seems like something worth bringing up again, felllas?

Gap is about 5 minutes.

1:26 Evidently there was a massive pileup — 15 riders and a parked car. So, two crashes:

  • Armstrong hit by a race photographer’s motorcycle, he’s on a spare.
  • 15-bike pileup, with one rider winding up under a parked car.

So, let’s celebrate with some ads!

1:29 Seems to me that this crash could be just what the lead group needs to make this breakaway stick.

1:31 If people are crashing on this wide, flat straightway, what’s the big downhill push to the finish going to be like?

1:33 Gap is down to 4:31. Are there any really great climbers in the lead group? How about descenders?

1:34 Or is it that the gap is at 5 minutes? I believe the race radio is being sponsored by www.random.org.

1:37 Ads!

1:40 Let’s play a game of “Craig Hummer Keeps You Hydrated.” Anytime Craig rephrases what Phil or Paul just said, take a drink of water.

Don’t play this game if you’re not close to a toilet.

1:41 Paul doesn’t think the lead group is going to hold. I side with Paul on this one.

But just in case the lead group does survive, who should I be rooting for?

1:43 Hummer recaps what Phil and Paul just mentioned about Lance changing clothes. Drink!

1:45 Armstrong — very briefly — appears in Astana blue. Then he puts his yellow vest on, while riding. If I were to try that, I would crash and die.

1:46 Andy Jacques-Maynes — the Bissell guy who wound up under a car — is on his way to a hospital. Man, that sucks.

1:47 Is that an Astana guy riding with a Camelbak? Are those allowed?

1:50 Ads!

1:52 I just got a UPS package: 2 Mary Bars, sent to me from Thom at Unreal Cycles. Thanks, Thom!

1:54 Susan’s nurse is here. Gotta pay attention to her for a while. Back when she’s gone.

2:20 OK, I’m back. Nurse says things are going well for Susan — oxygen levels are good, a sore Susan’s had on her heel is getting better. I think Susan’s getting my cold, though. Yech.

2:21 Once you’ve walked away from a race, it’s hard to figure out what’s changed.

2:22 Looks like those guys are wishing they hadn’t ditched all their wet weather gear.

2:23 Looks like Leipheimer’s trying to bridge to the lead group, solo? That is a hardcore move.

2:28: Place your bets. Will Leipheimer catch the current stage leader, Barredo? Or is that even the objective?

2:30 Barredo has been rejoined and passed by Peterson and McCartney.

Leipheimer’s caught Barredo.

I am now officially rooting for Leipheimer.

2:32 Paul calls Leipheimer’s move “grandiose.” Sure, let’s go with that.

Leipheimer catches Peterson and McCartney. Peterson hangs on.

2:33 Peterson tells Leipheimer that he can arrange to get Leipheimer an “all you can eat burrito card” if Leipheimer will back off.

Leipheimer considers the deliciousness that is Chipotle.

Oh good, we break away from this incredible race to show the finish lines and some scenic panoramas.

2:35 OK, I want to make something clear. I don’t fault VS for the camera problems they’re having. The weather is making good signal impossible. When they can get a signal, they’re giving great coverage.

And as for the race itself: awesome. Seriously, Mancebo’s victory yesterday, Leipheimer’s wicked (grandiose?) bridge today? Cancellera’s awesome prologue win, following by an abandon?

This is a very dramatic and exciting race. I am really enjoying the Tour of California so far.

2:37 Ads! OK, since I just got all lovey-dovey over VS and their coverage, I suppose I should also allow them to want to make a profit in their business.

Besides, I need to go make (late) lunch for the kids.

2:45 Lunch is made. Twins are fed.

2:46 Peterson is hanging on to Leipheimer. Leipheimer seems to be willing to do all the pulling. Laying it all on the line.

I love blunt-force racing.

2:47 Fattier (nice name) asks, “Fatty, if you had a Tour team, which fast-food restaurant would be the title sponsor? You could find something better than Chipotle I assume…” Well, it would probably be Lone Star Tacqueria, a local place that has the best fish tacos of … well, just about anywhere.

2:50 I’m pretty sure Hummer just said that Leipheimer is “the virtual leader in France.” Is it possible that Craig thinks he’s commentating the TdF right now?

2:51 I dunno. It looks like Leipheimer’s about to ride Peterson off his wheel. Is there a better feeling in the whole world than doing that?

2:52 No, Peterson’s hanging on.

They’re now at the bottom of the descent and in into the home stretch. Leipheimer’s doing all the pulling. He doesn’t care that much about getting the stage, but really — according to me — Peterson is kind of a jerk if he pips Leipheimer at the finish line after Leipheimer did all the work.

I know, that’s not the way things work.

2:53 Question of the moment: If you were Peterson, would you take the stage win after being sucked along by Leipheimer like this? Or would you let it go?

2:57 Or do you think that Leipheimer has the legs to take the stage anyway?

2:58 Suns out and the roads are dry at the finish line.

I’d like to take this moment to acknowledge that my assertion that this race would go to the sprinters was both wrongheaded and stupid.

2:59 There goes Peterson. Leipheimer lets him go.

Chasing group is not more than a minute behind.

3:00 OK, the chasing group is about 1:40 behind. I admit I was wrong yet again.

Mancebo was far enough behind that he’ll lose that jersey to Leipheimer.

3:02 I wonder if, considering the effort he just made to get it, if Leipheimer will be willing to give up the yellow jersey for the rest of the race. The ToC isn’t like the TdF — it’s not weeks and weeks long. If you lose the jersey early in the race, you don’t have weeks to get it back.

3:05 And it’s time for ads.

3:07 Chuck sends in a photo of what it looks like in the editing room:

3:10 Leipheimer gets on stage to pick up the yellow jersey. Yay Levi! He worked for that one.

Leipheimer embarrassedly apologizes to the podium girls for not having shaved his face before getting the customary kiss. Dude’s polite.

3:12 Bob with Levi. Levi says the move wasn’t premeditated. Says it was an “old school Bob Roll move.” Took off because he didn’t want to be cold. Ha.

3:13 Man, I’ve been here forever. Thanks for reading.


  1. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 11:23 am

    Seems Bob’s off to a good start. What shaving cream will you recommend he use?

  2. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 11:25 am

    Is that just the top fin or the whole head?

  3. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 11:31 am

    That’s hilarious.

  4. Comment by Lizzylou | 02.16.2009 | 12:15 pm

    I’m always very impressed at how they can put on and take off rain jackets without having a massive pile-up. That is a skill I want to learn.

  5. Comment by Brandy | 02.16.2009 | 12:15 pm

    Fatty, I saw that “dead” you were speaking of…check out what is on their shins: http://tinyurl.com/bgknzk

    Mr. Ball seems very angry. =)


  6. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 12:20 pm

    Lizzylout – Learn to ride in a stable manner without your hands on the bars. That’s the first step. the other day, I zipped up a vest with no hands on the bars in a pretty decent crosswind. It was probably one of the dumber things I’ve ever done on a bike, but I survived it.

  7. Comment by ownedbycats | 02.16.2009 | 12:22 pm

    Fatty, that picture of the peloton crossing the Bridge was fantabulous! Another note: the guys passed by Robin Williams house on the way to the Golden Gate Park. PS I have a signed pic of LA that I’m willing to donate to the cause.

  8. Comment by Pholby | 02.16.2009 | 12:22 pm

    Fatty, the weather’s going to get better as they move south over the course of the week. Looks like cloudy/showers until Thursday, when it switches to straight sunny for most of the day. So it’ll take some time, but the weather will gradually improve.

  9. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 12:23 pm

    Fatty, I’ve emailed the British Eurosport guys asking them to mention the Shave Bob Challenge. They take and read out emails live on air, so hopefully they’ll mention it.


  10. Comment by lindsay | 02.16.2009 | 12:24 pm

    Thanks for clarifying – I was wondering why Mancebo had a “dead” crotch. Another thing I like is that they have their names faux spray-painted on their jersey pockets (http://tinyurl.com/cdg92o).

    Do you think that, for an extra $200, I can have *my* name spray painted on the back of my $300 Rock Racing jersey?

  11. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 12:25 pm

    Fatty – One thing that Pezcyclingnews pointed out in one of their stage recaps… That effort that Nibali and Van de Walle did to bridge up to Mancebo yesterday, on account of the Levi rule, counts for almost nothing. They don’t get the GC credit for it, and other than the minor cash bonus for second and third on the stage, they get nothing out of it.

  12. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 12:25 pm

    Maybe that “dead” is some sort of odd sales pitch for Enzite.

  13. Comment by Lizzylou | 02.16.2009 | 12:25 pm


    My father has a rain cape that he wears to ride in the rain. Got it from Campmor.

  14. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 12:26 pm

    A rain cape is a rain jacket. I don’t know the origin of this term. So, yes, if you do often ride with a heavy, hot plastic rain jacket, you can call it a cape.

  15. Comment by Lizzylou | 02.16.2009 | 12:32 pm


    There is an actual rain cape… I wouldn’t call a jacket a cape, but the commentators on Cycling TV are also calling jackets capes.

  16. Comment by bikemike | 02.16.2009 | 12:39 pm

    cape because the tail end is longer and usually hangs down when riding so it covers the rear end…just a guess, i drove by a holiday inn express and it felt like the right definition

  17. Comment by Paula | 02.16.2009 | 12:41 pm

    Thanks Fatty!

  18. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 12:41 pm

    If Mancebo’s crotch is dead, perhaps he should be riding a cut-out.

  19. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 12:42 pm

    I like the way Phil says “gloooom.”

  20. Comment by MikeonhisBike | 02.16.2009 | 12:42 pm

    I’m in on the Bob Roll challenge. He needs a good head shave. I grew up near SF. There are huge ruts in the road and cable car tracks all over the place. Should be interesting to see them ride through the obsticles. I’m at work today so you’re my eyes for now. I’ll have to watch the recap tonight while I grind away on the trainer.

  21. Comment by swimmin in san jose | 02.16.2009 | 12:45 pm

    I’m down in San Jose which is usually one of the drier areas of the Bay Area. It’s been raining pretty consistently here. The sun is trying to come out but there are rain clouds everywhere. All morning, the downpours have been tremendous. Since the race is hugging the coast, the rain will be even more consistent. Watch for some bad spots when they get to Pacifica and just north of Santa Cruz, both known for lots fog, wind and wetness. We’ll probably have more of the same weather tomorrow.

  22. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 12:47 pm

    Why is Hummer talking about “rough seas?” Does he still think he’s covering canoeing?

  23. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 12:51 pm

    I’m hoping that Rock can control the race and somehow win it.

    That said, Mancebo will still have to come in with a beatly performance in the TT to have a chance. Which isn’t something I’m thinking will happen. But, it would be nice to see the Astana train get derailled for at least one stage race this year.

    Even if they did get hoodwinked by the commisaires a bit yesterday.

  24. Comment by KanyonKris | 02.16.2009 | 12:54 pm

    Elden, please tell me I sparked the Bob Roll head shave idea with my LegShave Challenge, because it will make me feel important and clever which will sooth my fragile ego.

    NO CAPES! Has no one seen The Incredibles?! Imagine a cape getting sucked into a wheel or chain – not pretty.

  25. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 12:58 pm

    Just got my email read out. Didn’t mention the web site, just that it was for Livestrong Challenge


  26. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 12:58 pm

    Oh no.

  27. Comment by brandon | 02.16.2009 | 12:58 pm

    I think I just saw a whole segment of the coast of Santa Cruz without any racing.

  28. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 1:01 pm

    How much to get rid of Craig Hummer (especially in time for the TdF)???

  29. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 1:02 pm

    PS. We love “Bobke”!!!!!!!!!

  30. Comment by MikeonhisBike | 02.16.2009 | 1:02 pm

    OK, What’s up with Team OUCH???? What’s that all about?

  31. Comment by lindsay | 02.16.2009 | 1:02 pm

    I’m so glad I now know that prickly pears are NOT native to California.

  32. Comment by craig | 02.16.2009 | 1:02 pm

    Enzyte trivia from the Cincinnati Enquirer

    “The Cincinnati company was ordered last year to forfeit more than $450 million in cash and assets after a jury concluded most of Berkeley’s revenue was linked to illegal conduct.”

    “The jury convicted a dozen top officials and associates, including company founder Steve Warshak, of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. Warshak began serving a 25-year prison sentence in September.”

  33. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 1:04 pm

    I’d like to see an expose revealing the connections between Enzyte and Michael Ball.

  34. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 1:06 pm

    mikeonhisbike – OUCH is sponsored by a couple different parties in the medical industry, among them being Smith and Barney (makers of the Floyd Landis bionic hip), a sports medicine center out there, and I think a private doctor. Similar to the consortium of sponsors uniting under the name Astana for a certain other team in the Peleton this week.

  35. Comment by Patrick | 02.16.2009 | 1:08 pm

    I think that the dead across his crotch has to do with his sperm count.

  36. Comment by Matt | 02.16.2009 | 1:11 pm

    Just put my donation to the “Shave the Fin” Bobke page! Figure it’s the least I can do…Bobke is SUCH a great person! (he was right here in my little town of Santa Maria CA last week AGAIN to talk for over an hour). Any way we can get Bobke doing the MC’ing and ditch Hummer? Gads he has to GO!

  37. Comment by Accident Prone | 02.16.2009 | 1:12 pm

    FYI, it’s pissing down rain in San Diego right now too.

  38. Comment by bikemike | 02.16.2009 | 1:13 pm

    these companies need to hire you for cancer sensitivity training.see if bob can get a word into lance for you.

  39. Comment by Matt | 02.16.2009 | 1:13 pm

    And Fatty…according to this mornings forecast, we are looking at partly sunny, NO RAIN, and temps in mi-60’s for the finish in Paso on Thurs and the TT in Solvang on Friday!

  40. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 1:14 pm

    Bobke is up to $325.

    Ca someone tell Hummer that the 1971 ToC went over the GG Bridge, too?

  41. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 1:16 pm

    Can we get an automatic refresh for FC.com updates?

  42. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 1:21 pm

    So far we’ve had no ads on Eurosport

  43. Comment by bikemike | 02.16.2009 | 1:23 pm

    tour day cali-forn-i-AY

  44. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 1:23 pm

    spoke too soon, just gone to a ad break

  45. Comment by swimmin in san jose | 02.16.2009 | 1:25 pm

    I got the impression that the time gaps were really off the mark yesterday. Johan’s twitter seemed to confirm that. If the camera’s are having problems, will the gps also have problems like yesterday? (I’m assuming that they are using gps to track this). Do the race organizers have a visual confirmation on the ground?

  46. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 1:27 pm

    Bob could mispronounce it the same as the governator did.

  47. Comment by Dingbat | 02.16.2009 | 1:36 pm

    No, really, a rain cape: 474654159

    Based on the facial hair and glasses, I think it’s what they had in olden times, before recumbents.

    J/k. I have one, and love it.

  48. Comment by eric | 02.16.2009 | 1:36 pm

    We decided not to head up to Santa Cruz to see it in person and instead watch the exciting coverage on live TV! That was a obviously fabulous decision.

  49. Comment by Dingbat | 02.16.2009 | 1:36 pm

    OK, that image link didn’t work.
    Try here:

  50. Comment by eric | 02.16.2009 | 1:40 pm

    What’s a Vin Yard?

  51. Comment by Brandy | 02.16.2009 | 1:41 pm

    Per Craig Hummer…team Type1 bring awareness to Dia-beet-ics ? Interesting pronouncing there Craig!

  52. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 1:42 pm

    I go with Barredo. He’s the real top-class, international rider. But, that’s IF they don’t get caught……..

  53. Comment by LeMyke | 02.16.2009 | 1:43 pm

    Bobke is up to $415!

  54. Comment by LeMyke | 02.16.2009 | 1:44 pm

    Maybe Bob can shave Craig’s head also.

  55. Comment by danielle | 02.16.2009 | 1:46 pm

    please please please have a “snuggie” giveaway…

  56. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 1:48 pm

    4:30 is easily reeled in. It really depends on Rock Racing tactics. They can either let it go out a bit so that the other teams feel a bit threatened and hope they pull it in. Or, if they keep it down to 3 mins or so, the sprinter teams might think they can have a go for a win, so reel it in.

  57. Comment by swimmin in san jose | 02.16.2009 | 1:49 pm

    Rain capes: Kinda like what the Hobbits wear in Lord of the Rings.

  58. Comment by Hat | 02.16.2009 | 1:50 pm

    I decided to donate to Bob’s fin shaving as well. It was either that or more male enhancement products. The fin-shaving seemed more likely to make the world a better place.

  59. Comment by Tim | 02.16.2009 | 1:54 pm

    IF they don’t get caught and IF they stay together, my money is on Zberg. He is a decent sprinter, if I recall correctly.

    Jaques-Maynes has stated his intention to attack on one of the climbs leading into Santa Cruz, and lives in Santa Cruz, so he’ll have some extra motivation today.

  60. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 1:54 pm

    Over at the Versus live video feed, I just watched a Garmin mechanic fling down Cozza’s bike after a swap. Made me cringe to watch the poor thing bounce off the pavement.

  61. Comment by pipebaum | 02.16.2009 | 1:55 pm

    I am with KanyonKris and Edna



  62. Comment by Skidmark | 02.16.2009 | 2:03 pm


    The only solution for Bob Roll’s mangling the name:

    “Tour auf California”

    You can thank me later.

  63. Comment by Anita | 02.16.2009 | 2:16 pm

    Hi Fatty!
    Just saw your blog and love it. We were in Sausalito this morning right behing the Bob and Lance interview. Bob turned around when I said that we were here to see HIM and not Lance. He gave a big smile and said “what was that?” I noticed his Top Knot was gone, so didn’t know why until now.

    Since you got rid of Bob’s hair, how do we get Al back for the TDF? I like Craig, but I miss Al’s voice!
    At least we have the music….

  64. Comment by Shiny Flu | 02.16.2009 | 2:17 pm

    Winner of the Breakaway: Valeriy Kobzarenko

    This is based on the simple fact that the more difficult to pronounce the name, the more the rider is/was teased and hence the more drive to prove the bullies wrong.

  65. Comment by Shiny Flu | 02.16.2009 | 2:20 pm

    Lance has crashed.

    People wanting photographs always make Lance crash.

  66. Comment by Mike P | 02.16.2009 | 2:20 pm

    If anyone else is away from a TV, you can see the race here:

    Although, it’s good to have Fatty’s commentary on Vs’ commentary. It’s just not the same watching the race without Vs announcers.

  67. Comment by eric | 02.16.2009 | 2:25 pm

    Great. They said Lance crashed with a race photographers motorcycle and then cut immediately to an ad.

  68. Comment by KanyonKris | 02.16.2009 | 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the plug of my lame LegShave Challenge. My ego is now so inflated I believe I could beat Obama in any election. But don’t worry, historically these inflationary periods don’t last long.

    Bob should say “Tour of Californication”, or maybe “Tour of Cali”

  69. Comment by danielle | 02.16.2009 | 2:27 pm

    Loving the race coverage… “lance crashed…” cut to commercial. Seriously who is working at versus on this???

  70. Comment by Mike P | 02.16.2009 | 2:28 pm

    “crash in the main peloton with lots of riders going down… 15-20 riders” -according to the tracker’s announcers.

  71. Comment by eric | 02.16.2009 | 2:28 pm

    Hey Susan!

  72. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 2:28 pm

    you are sick, Elden? Check out the back cover NyQuil ad on the Feb 16 issue of The Sporting News. It shows an iconic picture, using the media of NyQuil (regular green flavor) dribbled in the bottom of a NyQuil dispenser cup.

    The picture is of a couple riding bicycles. That made me feel better, and I XC skied yesterday.

    The guy is ahead of the girl, and that made me feel better in a misogynistic sort of way. The bicycles do not have NyQuil dribble spokes. That made me feel worse.

  73. Comment by G | 02.16.2009 | 2:30 pm

    its nice that versus manage to fit some cycling in between the 59 1/2 minutes of ads per hour.

  74. Comment by TomE | 02.16.2009 | 2:34 pm

    Yo Fatty….I have your updates on and Velonews’ updates on. Yours are much more fun to read!! Can you believe the hotel I’m in doesn’t have VS?!?!?!?!

  75. Comment by Anita | 02.16.2009 | 2:34 pm

    Hi Fatty!
    I saw you mentioned you couldn’t tell Lance was with Astana during the interview. We were right behind Bob and the camera man had been set there for a while. When Lance came over for the interview their voices were so quiet you could not not hear them even though I was right behind them. I don’t think there was time for a long shot of the bus because it was just before the race began.

  76. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 2:35 pm

    From the VeloNews live coverage:
    “We got a stage prediction from Jonathan Vaughters manager of Garmin-Slipstream. The Garmin Jedi Master says he’s betting on his rider Thomas Peterson, for the win and no real change in GC.”

    “Speaking of Vaughters
    He is just back from Europe where he was recently elected as president of the AIGCP (Association International des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels), the organization that represents ProTour teams. Apparently he’s now insisting that we refer to him as “King” Vaughters.”

  77. Comment by LeMyke | 02.16.2009 | 2:36 pm

    Did you see Bob’s Tour of California predictions on his Versus blog?

    What is there left to say about the Tour of California that hasn’t been said already? Lance! blah blah blah…Floyd! blah blah blah…and Levi! blah blah blah…Basso Astana, Boonen, Cavendish, Cancellara blah blah blah…but what will Phil, Paul and Craig Hummer say about it all day long? Here are some of my predictions:

    PL: “He’s dancing on the pedals!”
    PS: “Right you are Phil.”
    PL: “I dare say.”
    PS: “He’s riding like a man possessed.”
    PL: “Right you are Paul.”
    CH: “What did you guys say?”
    PL: “Cavendish blah blah blah…”
    PS: “Rogers blah blah blah…”
    PL: “(Insert British rider) blah blah blah…”
    PS: “the course looks fabulous.”
    PL: “Spot of bother, hotting up, spit the dummy, glorious day of racing, out on the open road.”
    PS: “argie-bargie, suitcase of courage, blue touch paper, it is an undulating course, the time trial is called the race of truth, I think (insert anyone’s name) will agree with me.”
    CH: “Come again?”

  78. Comment by sydney | 02.16.2009 | 2:39 pm

    I think Bob Roll has come a long way since just before the start of the tour!

  79. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 2:39 pm

    Fatty, Ben Jaques-Maynes is a local who knows the last climb & descent. A CX-r, so it doesn’t matter if he is GOOD at decending, he is good at suffering, and he will descend w/o fear.

  80. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 2:41 pm

    Hair fin or no hair fin, I love me some Bobke.

  81. Comment by Farthing | 02.16.2009 | 2:44 pm

    If the break survives, I’m rooting for McCartney. Or maybe Ben Jacques-Maynes. Haven’t decided yet.

  82. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 2:44 pm


  83. Comment by Amy | 02.16.2009 | 2:46 pm

    Root for Ben Jacques-Maynes!!!!!!

  84. Comment by Brandy | 02.16.2009 | 2:47 pm

    Ben Jacques-Maynes…Good guy, local Santa Cruz guy. Team Bissell.

  85. Comment by eric | 02.16.2009 | 2:47 pm

    I’m pulling for Ben. He’s a local.

  86. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 2:48 pm

    Zberg is missing turns and sitting in a bit

  87. Comment by drKim | 02.16.2009 | 2:50 pm

    Ben Jacques-Maynes. Local SantaCruz guy. His brother Andy just had to abandon because of the crash. Go Ben!

  88. Comment by LeMyke | 02.16.2009 | 2:52 pm

    It’s from Bobke on the Versus site, not me. Maybe that’s why they’re not letting him into the booth.

  89. Comment by bikemike | 02.16.2009 | 2:52 pm

    with lance wearing a helmet with a visor and a teammate with a camelbak astana will be riding trek fuel mountain bikes by the end of the week. full suspension of course.

  90. Comment by swimmin in san jose | 02.16.2009 | 2:53 pm

    Camelbaks are allowed during time trials. Usually they’re under the skinsuit. I’ve never seen a road race use them. Not sure on the rule about that.

    BTW – It’s starting to pour again in San Jose. I’m looking at the Santa Cruz Mountains and they are socked in.

  91. Comment by Paula | 02.16.2009 | 2:53 pm

    Julich used to race with a Camelbak.

  92. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 2:55 pm

    geek out. I have two computer monitors at work. One is on the tracker video feed http://tracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/ The other is on the much more entertaining Fat Cyclist live blog race coverage. I guess I need a third monitor if I am to pretend i am actually doing work at work.

    I was holding my breath watching Lance remove his rain ‘cape’ and put a vest on in the wind. I so would have got the vest tangled in a wheel and died.

  93. Comment by Farthing | 02.16.2009 | 3:01 pm

    Alright. Rootin’ for Ben.

  94. Comment by Erine | 02.16.2009 | 3:02 pm

    How bad does it suck that I am madly in love with Bob Roll? Lord help me…

  95. Comment by Anita | 02.16.2009 | 3:03 pm

    That’s OK. He was much cuter in person today than I would have thought Fin or No Fin. I might be in love with him too. Sorry hubby…

  96. Comment by Tim D | 02.16.2009 | 3:08 pm

    Barredo getting ready for a big turn. Stripped off all his wet weather gear

  97. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:14 pm

    Barredo is not taking turns – He is attacking off the front of the lead group.

    Levi is attacking the main peloton, now on the Bonny Doon climb.

  98. Comment by Constipated Weasel | 02.16.2009 | 3:14 pm

    Levi looks strong.

  99. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:17 pm

    Bless, California has it’s own version of the devil!

  100. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:21 pm

    Alex, California is where the Devil comes from, I think.

  101. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 3:22 pm

    “geek out….I guess I need a third monitor if I am to pretend i am actually doing work at work.”

    I’ve got four race-related tabs open and keep flipping back and forth. The Amgen tracker’s very cool, with the text commentary right next to the video feed. But Fatty and VeloNews definitely have the best commentary.

    Work? What’s that?

  102. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:26 pm

    Levi is already passing racers from the lead group, which Barrdo complely exploded with his 2nd attack.

  103. Comment by FlatsMan | 02.16.2009 | 3:30 pm

    Probably worse than Hummer. It’s great of VS to show cycling. But why oh why do they feel the need to adulterate Phil & Pauls work with these know nothings who open their yaps and spew nonsense ?

    As a certain British TV commentator said to me, on top of a mountain finish. “I don’t know how you can watch TV here in America”.

    I don’t know how they can stand being around a people who know nothing about the subject they are hired to comment on.

    Just my POV.

  104. Comment by Constipated Weasel | 02.16.2009 | 3:30 pm

    Levi will catch him and win the stage.

  105. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:31 pm

    Here I was thinking the Devil was a German invention Steve.

    Barredo has cracked! The Eurosport commentators didn’t even know they were there.

  106. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:32 pm

    McCartney and Peterson bridged up to Barredo, who is blown. Levi is closing quick. He is unbelievable!

  107. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:33 pm

    What was Levi wagging his finger about?

  108. Comment by Farthing | 02.16.2009 | 3:33 pm

    Levi is, hands down, my favorite cyclist.

    This is a wonderful show he’s putting on.

    Go Levi!

  109. Comment by Constipated Weasel | 02.16.2009 | 3:36 pm

    Elden. I’ll put another $100 to the LiveStrong challenge. If Levi wins the stage I’ll let you call who gets it.

  110. Comment by Accident Prone | 02.16.2009 | 3:37 pm

    Looked like McCartney was swinging over in front of him. Maybe Levi was telling him to stay off his lawn!

  111. Comment by Fattier | 02.16.2009 | 3:39 pm

    Fatty, if you had a Tour team, which fast-food restaurant would be the title sponsor? You could find something better than Chipotle I assume…

  112. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:40 pm

    elden, lunch is not THAT late! its only 1:40 here on the west coast where the race is!

  113. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:42 pm

    These wet descents scare the hell out of me.

  114. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:43 pm

    Fattier – you didn’t ask me but it would haveto Dunkin Donuts for my pro tour team

  115. Comment by steventoby | 02.16.2009 | 3:44 pm

    Does anybody else think Leipheimer’s seat is about 6″ too low?

  116. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:47 pm

    it especially looks low compared to Petersons’

  117. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 3:50 pm

    Give it to Mike!

  118. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 3:50 pm

    Bob Roll is at $500

  119. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 3:52 pm

    is it possible that Craig thinks?

  120. Comment by Mutt | 02.16.2009 | 3:54 pm

    Anything is better than if Eustice was commentating.

  121. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 3:55 pm

    Possible……….but not probable!

  122. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 3:56 pm

    Cyclingnews.com disagrees with you about Peterson, Elden:

    ‘3:51 PST 109.9mi/6mi to go
    That little bump that Jason McCartney was dropped on was about 8 or 9 miles to go, and they’re back on the descent to Santa Cruz now. Leipheimer is still doing all the work and has pulled out a 1′20 advantage on the chasing peloton. Peterson is wisely doing no work, even though his team manager Jonathan Vaughters said he is “a special kind of diesel engine.”‘

  123. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 3:57 pm

    Levi struggling, not gonna grab the jersey

  124. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 3:57 pm

    Hey Craig…….it’s not Garmin/Slipstream anymore.

  125. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 4:00 pm

    I fI were Peterson, (which I am) I would go for the win. Only 4 sec difference in bonus that Levi loses.

  126. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 4:00 pm

    It seems I was misinformed

  127. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.16.2009 | 4:01 pm

    That was fun, Fatty……..THANKS!!!

  128. Comment by Kali Durga | 02.16.2009 | 4:02 pm

    Whew… Any chance you’re commenting tomorrow, Fatty, or do you have to pretend to work like the rest of us?

  129. Comment by Alex | 02.16.2009 | 4:05 pm

    Much appreciated Fattie!

    What a powerful ride by Levi and a impressive win by Peterson.

    Time for bed in the UK

  130. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 4:08 pm

    ooo! ooo! Fatty or Mike – edit Bob Roll’s fin-hair into his fundraising page photo!

  131. Comment by Constipated Weasel | 02.16.2009 | 4:08 pm

    Levi didn’t win so I posted my donation to the Bobke site. I’m hoping to see the shave job on TV though.

  132. Comment by Clydesteve | 02.16.2009 | 4:13 pm

    Popo did a great job breaking the field for Levi. But, man! that was a great climb by levi.

  133. Comment by Ian Hoffman | 02.16.2009 | 4:18 pm


    Great fun reading the ‘liveblog’, even while I had the TV on in the background myself, and even the online coverage at times.

    Will definitely look forward to your commentary while I’m at work the rest of the week. Can’t get away with streaming video, but incessant page reloads are fine. :D

    Oh, and $20 to the ‘Shaved Bobke’ fund. ;)

  134. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 02.16.2009 | 4:28 pm

    Fatty- maybe send a tweet with the head-shaving fundraiser for those who aren’t catching up here?

  135. Comment by David.B | 02.16.2009 | 4:41 pm

    That was a great race, but next year they should do it the other direction. Tunitas Creek always looks like a mountain bike trail when its raining (when I rode past it Saturday it was snowing on me,) and the standard method of riding it fast down hill is to bunnyhop the big holes. Really video-genic when done in a big group.

  136. Comment by Maribeth Herring | 02.16.2009 | 5:13 pm

    You saved me! I had to work today and the computer geeks from the mother ship blocked my twitter.com acct, so you were my life line to the race. Thank you, thank you! I just hope they don’t find out about you now or how I spend part of my day. You are the best commentator ever. You cracked me up the whole race.
    My best to you, Susan, and the family.

  137. Comment by eclecticdeb | 02.16.2009 | 5:33 pm

    Damn the rain. I had every intention of riding up Kings Mountain and down a bit Tunitas Creek this morning to watch the race. But I’m a wuss. Sitting on my sofa drinking a hot mug of tea seemed like a much better idea.

    It was really cool watching a race on familiar roads. Roads that I have ridden.

    I’m in to “Shave Bob’s head”.

  138. Comment by Liggettjunkie | 02.16.2009 | 6:04 pm

    Levi may have let Peterson go, but not willingly. If you look at the video you’ll see Peterson crossing the finish line, pointing at the sky … followed by Levi, also pointing at the sky, but not with his index fingers.

  139. Comment by Gnat! | 02.16.2009 | 6:10 pm

    Just rode back from the Tunitas KOM. Yes, the weather is pretty typical. Remember, we’re in a drought, so we NEEED THE RAAAIN or something. Flashback to stage 4 last year, that’s what this entire week is looking like. :(

  140. Comment by km | 02.16.2009 | 8:48 pm

    Damn you Bobke!!! Give Lance his bike back!!! I was going to blame Eldon but I’m pretty sure he’s still laughing at “Rabobank, Rabobank, Rabobank.”

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  142. Comment by Jamieson | 02.16.2009 | 9:24 pm

    It’s over now – LA just tweeted your blog out.

  143. Comment by Brandy | 02.16.2009 | 9:27 pm

    Woo Hoo Fatty! You are the man, Lance twittered about you. Bobke’s head will be bald quickly now!!

  144. Comment by Brent | 02.16.2009 | 9:30 pm

    “I just got off the phone with Chuck, and he’s got some great prizes in mind for people who donate. Stuff that can’t be bought anywhere and that any cyclist would kill for.”

    It’s not a barely used Trek time trial bike is it?

  145. Comment by Kathy | 02.16.2009 | 9:58 pm

    Bob is cute just the way he is…

  146. Comment by RT | 02.16.2009 | 10:02 pm

    Why is everyone hatin on Peterson?! He was in the break from mile 5 and was able to hang onto Levi’s wheel…it Levis job to work not Tom’s. His gc guy was in the chase group, besides Tom deserved the win with all the work he did all day….

  147. Comment by Caren | 02.16.2009 | 10:14 pm

    Lance just twittered about the challenge for Bobke to shave his head and included a link to Fatty’s web site! Based on the number of folks following Lance’s every twit…I think this might be a done deal!


  148. Comment by Kathy | 02.16.2009 | 10:14 pm

    Peterson rode Levi’s coat-tails for mile after mile. He should have let Levi take the stage

  149. Comment by Don | 02.16.2009 | 10:24 pm

    Congrats on getting Bobke Tour Day France to go in on Team Fatty!

  150. Comment by RT | 02.16.2009 | 11:15 pm

    for 12 miles he rode with Levi, what the other 90 plus miles Tom rode in the break trying to stay away? You obviously don’t understand bike racing Kathy…now get off of Levi’s jock will you…

  151. Comment by RT | 02.16.2009 | 11:16 pm

    Bobke looks like a mole rat without hair..

  152. Comment by Kathy | 02.16.2009 | 11:25 pm

    Dear RT: nice talk. Do you kiss your mother with that potty mouth?

  153. Comment by Kathy | 02.16.2009 | 11:26 pm

    PS: I’m from Santa Rosa. Levi rules.

  154. Comment by Wildroadie (in Paris) | 02.16.2009 | 11:59 pm

    Ok you’ve now been made SUPER cool SUPER famous! LA has a link to this on Twitter!
    Come on Team Fatty. WIN Susan

  155. Comment by itsWITZ | 02.17.2009 | 12:08 am

    Unca’ Scott,

    So, … I finally found the great video feed; on the Amgen website, no less. I admit, it was great to see little Sausa (lito), but Damn … HOW could they overlook mt. Tamalpais ?!?! Just to mention all the beautiful roads of Marin County???

    What a great race today … even THO’ I couldn’t find your blog-o-the-day until late at night! Great race, Levi (a good ol’ utah name). But, I’m picking Lance for the podium!

    And since <> people came to my website right from this blog !>!>!>! I should probably mention that my beautiful home on 14 acres in moab – with a rare artesian spring – is … for sale and … thank you very much.

    its WITZ, Moab

    ps hey, Comment by Justin | 02.16.2009 | 7:43 am … what happened today ?!?

  156. Comment by itsWITZ | 02.17.2009 | 12:26 am


    And Cha’ Bless you, Susan, and your family!


  157. Comment by Kathleen | 02.17.2009 | 2:15 am

    Had dinner tonight with Marcus of CycleFilm – he was wearing a Fatty t-shirt you gave him in Las Vegas…small small world.

    Saw Lance & Co race today…made my heart go pitter pat.

  158. Comment by buckythedonkey | 02.17.2009 | 4:59 am

    Now, if Lance were to be given the job of shaving Bob’s head…


    PS: how’s the all-burrito diet going?

  159. Comment by Little1 | 02.17.2009 | 5:34 am

    Hey Fatty! I see my good friend wildroadie beat me to it! nice props on LA’s twitter page!

  160. Comment by Mike Roadie | 02.17.2009 | 6:01 am

    Sorry for the delay, but I’m finally in there. Too bad we can’t give away the shaving honors!


  161. Comment by Bill | 02.17.2009 | 8:52 am

    Fatty, I have a great idea for your Livestrong challenge, I really can’t believe it hasn’t been mentioned, or maybe I missed it.
    Why not Auction off your Leadville entry, I’m sure it would be a great success, I’ll even bid.
    Looking forward to bidding on the “Leadville Entry”, thanks much, “Livestrong”

  162. Comment by danielle | 02.17.2009 | 9:21 am

    So close to the $5000 goal already! That’s awesome! Lance Twittered it, so the word is definitely out! Good Luck!

  163. Comment by Hat | 02.17.2009 | 11:43 am

    That’s quite a job of blogging, there. You must have fingertips of steel.

  164. Comment by fatty | 02.17.2009 | 12:19 pm

    Bill – That is a great idea, but Leadville entries can’t be sold, auctioned, or traded. I talked with the Leadville folks about giving me a couple extra entries to raffle, but they said no.

  165. Comment by Accident Prone | 02.17.2009 | 12:46 pm

    And Done.

    $5k and counting. Good job team! How can we raise the bar?

  166. Comment by Accident Prone | 02.17.2009 | 12:47 pm

    BTW, is it just the “fin” or the whole enchilada?

  167. Comment by Big Boned | 02.17.2009 | 1:01 pm

    Just saw the donation go up that deprives Roll of his luxurious locks…
    This should be interesting!

  168. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 02.17.2009 | 1:12 pm

    Over $5000, YEAH! What can we get for $6000? legs too?

  169. Comment by RyanT | 02.17.2009 | 1:34 pm

    If you really want to raise the bar my vote is Eyebrows!!!

  170. Comment by KanyonKris | 02.17.2009 | 1:44 pm

    Shaving his head should be nothing to Bob. Remember that ad he did a few years back with him riding his bike on a trainer naked?


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  172. Comment by Zuke | 02.17.2009 | 5:31 pm

    Nice job on getting Twittered by Lance! Now you’ve hit the Big Time, Fatty!

    I agree, that was a chump move by Peterson at the finish. That always pisses me off when I see it getting done to someone who’s working their @$$ off toward the line, yet I do the same exact thing in the sprints on my local roadrides.

    p.s. Boo for the rain. We’re getting hammered on the Cali Central Coast, so no mtn biking for at least a few more days, before the trails dry out. (RESPECT THE TRAIL!)

  173. Comment by KT | 02.17.2009 | 10:44 pm

    Fatty, great job on the liveblogging. I think this is a much better way to watch the ToC than watching it on TV! :) Although, I “watched” the prologue from my bike on the trainer, with the ipod plugged in and cranked. Much better, I could make up my own stuff. :)

    Anyway, keep up the good work! :)

  174. Comment by RT | 02.18.2009 | 2:41 am

    Who cares if you are from Santa Rosa…..you still need to pull Levi’s d$%& outta your mouth.

  175. Comment by bluematilda | 02.19.2009 | 3:33 pm

    johan bruyneel just shaved, well part of bobke’s head!!

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